All students know that education and job skills are very important for getting ahead in their career. But some of them forget that networking is an equally important skill. Networking for the advancement of your career should be the part of your daily self-development. If you start doing it early enough, you will gain the proficiency you require for looking for a job and for moving up by your career ladder. Consider our job networking tips to do it successfully.
• See Whom to Include in Your Career Network. It has to be any person who can help you in your job search or career advancement. Make a list of your past and present colleagues, bosses, friends who have similar interests, alumni of your educational institution, people you’ve met in business associations or even people you’ve acquainted yourself with through online networking services. It can even be your family member or a neighbor – anyone who has a connection you need might help you.
• Decide How Your Career Network Can Help You. Creating a career network helps more than 80% of job seekers, so it can help you too. You only need to know how it will help you. It can help through generating job leads, providing referrals or insider information, offering interesting data on career fields to explore, giving advice on places where to look for a job, etc.
• Work Your Network. Keep in touch with those who can help you on a regular basis. Even if you don’t have anything to talk about except for saying “Hi, how are you?”, do it. People have to know who you are to be willing to help you.
• See What You Can Do for Your Career Network. It’s a two-way street. So, share all interesting information you find with your network. Provide resources instead of only using those you’re given.
• Keep Track of Your Network. Do it on paper or on your electronic device. Make sure you know everything you need about your network.
• Consider Online Career Networking. Use LinkedIn, Facebook and similar sites for creating your career network. They will help you get in touch with other networkers, the companies you like and college affiliations. If you’re a college graduate, see if your college has an alumni career network you may use.
• Locate Networking Events. Creating career networks in person is good too. Attend meetings of the professional association you belong to, if there are any, or the networking event of your educational institution. Exchange business cards with other participants and share your goals with each other.
Being a college student or graduate, you have a lot to learn. Be sure to learn from the proper sources and create all the preconditions for your future career. May you be successful in all your endeavors!